Blanket Shawl

or more things you can make with a yard or so of fabric.

I scored big at Old Navy the day after Christmas and bought another coat to convert to a baby-wearing coat for a friend. The coat was black and while waiting in line I saw these buffalo plaid blankets on clearance and made the comment to my mom that the pattern would be pretty for the coat “pocket.” My mom then made the excellent point that I should buy and use the blanket since at $5 I wasn’t going to get much cheaper and now I wouldn’t have to go to the fabric store.

I cut off the strip of fabric needed and made the coat but had big plans for the rest of the blanket. At home especially I tend to get cold when sitting and typing all day and have been known to wear my robe or work on the couch under blankets. This doesn’t work so well though out of the house and I thought the rest of the blanket would make a perfect shawl. I was right. In answer to a facebook friend who asked when I posted about this yesterday “does this involve wrapping a blanket around you in a shawl like fashion?” Well yes, mostly.

IMG_3084I laid the blanket on the floor then cut it to a trianglish shape. Fleece doesn’t need to be hemmed so it’s done. And warm and portable for the win!

IMG_3087Then I cut the leftover triangle into strips, sewed them together, and now my friend has a matching scarf.

The other thing I made recently with scrap fleece was this IU carrier cover. I never did post about our trip to the IU vs. Rutgers football game. But it was fun. And with a yard of fleece, some red felt, and some iron on velcro I whipped this up in under an hour.


One of my 2015 goals is more sewing.

Indiana: campus edition

Since we were in Bloomington we had to see some of my favorite places. We ate lunch at Mother Bears Pizza. Then after we checked in to the hotel I took the boys on a walk to Showalter Fountain and the Art Museum. Saturday morning we went to breakfast and walked through the Sample Gates. Simon was excited to eat breakfast at the Village Deli in his pjs. How did we go to breakfast before a day of wedding stuff – kids are EARLY risers. We actually got to eat at the Village Deli twice and ate a post wedding breakfast with Dad and my brother.

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Holiday Review

I usually do a series of posts after the holidays, but this year I just don’t have the energy. So instead I provide this one picture heavy (with only the most basic of editing) post. Simon and I left on December 18 for 15 days; Rob was all set to join us on the 21 but his flight was cancelled due to a snowstorm and he was delayed several days, finally joining my mom late on the 23rd in time for Christmas Eve. I didn’t document so well. When I was sans Rob it was too much effort, then I was too exhausted, then I just wanted to enjoy myself. The holiday was full of joy and sorrow and happiness and blending of family. It was nice to be away, but it is good to be back home too.

We spent the first week in Bloomington with my sister, but drove down to Madison to visit with Grandma. I was really happy she was lucid in the morning and I got this great pic of her reading with Simon.

We ended up spending two afternoons at The Wonderlab in Bloomington due to some crummy (rainy and snowy) weather. Thank you reciprocal museum membership. This is the first time Simon has been big enough to really play in the water table beyond splashing.

He figured out how to put the pipes together, completely soaking himself in the process. He was so cold and shivering, but every time I tried to take him away he cried. So he played until it was time to go. The second day I was smart and brought a complete change of clothes. Day two was also more fun because we were joined by Charlie and Sara and Dave. The boys don’t really play together yet, but that’s ok.

We also went to Simon’s first IU Basketball game. We got there late – 10 minutes into the first half and stayed until about 10 minutes into the second. He LOVED it. We were sitting in the balcony, but he totally got that there was a ball down on the floor. And he learned to say “I – U,” my little Hoosier.

Simon and I packed up with Emily and Scott on Saturday morning (sans Rob, super sad) to drive to Ohio to see Dad and Marilyn. We got there just in time for their wedding, we cut that one a little closer than I would have liked… It was a nice little ceremony with just the kids. After dinner there was the playing of spoons and singing and dancing with the guitar. Sunday we made cookies, took a family shopping trip to spend our Christmas gift cards (thanks dad) and Simon finally got his long awaited tractor ride. It was dark so the pictures aren’t so great.

Christmas Eve, Simon and I drove back to Indianapolis with Clint and Katie. Simon adores his Uncle Clint. They played trains, and Simon tried to hold every. single. ornament in his arms at once.

SIL Katie is adorable pregnant and new baby nephew is coming in February. After opening a few presents at Mom and Chip’s house we went to the bit Ables family Christmas at Kevin and Margean’s. It was so much fun to see everyone, so much fun I didn’t take a single picture. (I’m hoping someone can help me out here with a family picture)

Christmas morning was probably the most un-Christmasy ever since the only presents were for Simon – and those were leftovers from the day before. He’s too young for Santa and since we were away it just wasn’t worth it this year. (I love my purple shirt from the shopping trip with Dad)

I also love this picture of Simon in my old rocking chair. He climbed in and out of this chair so many times while we were there. While I’m sad it doesn’t live at our house, I like that he has a special chair at Me-ma’s.

Simon also got two of Mama’s babies and a baby blanket. I am okay passing on these relics of my childhood to my son. I may look for a boy outfit for one of them.

Christmas morning breakfast was waffles and eggs. I love breakfast food.

Simon loved the cookies we made with Marilyn and Theresa. He had SO much sugar, I’m going to have to work hard to cut the growing sugar habit. The kid is just like his mom with the sweet tooth.

And always there are naps. This is Simon chilling watching Bubble Guppies on his new Leapster Explorer. (And he loves his new “Twinkle” sweater)

The day after Christmas we had a blizzard. I-65 was closed as were all of the malls. Sad for all the after Christmas shoppers. We spent half the day in our pjs and played car-cars in the window.

Then there was outside play in the snow. There was a tire swing. Simon didn’t care how cold it was or how miserable he looked. He had a ball and cried when we made him come in.

But not before he got to build a snowman. Then we got up at 3am and went to the airport. I won’t bore you with the story of how we almost didn’t get on our plane – but feel free to ask when you see me if you really want to know.

We got on a plane and flew to Tampa. Then we got on a ship to Cozumel. We got a family picture.

And a bigger family picture of all nine of us. Simon did ok in the dining room every night. I got to READ AND ACTUAL BOOK. And we did something we haven’t done since the newborn days and slept when Simon slept. (this made possible by the fact that someone had to be in the cabin with Simon while he slept.

In Cozumel we snorkled. And built sand castles. And a whole lot of nothing that was quite lovely. Simon took a two hour nap in the shade.

Then we flew back to Indiana on New Year’s Eve and were in bed at 9:30. New Years Day we were back in NYC and jumped right back into life.

Hail to Old IU

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to get to take Simon to Bloomington for the first time.  I just love IU’s campus.  We took some pictures around campus.
Showalter Fountain and the Auditorium
  At the Sample Gates.
Here Simon is saying hi to Herman B. Wells.
We also went to the IU vs. Northwestern game.  I played in the alumni band, which was so much fun.  I forget during the year how much I like playing the trombone.  The game itself was kind of depressing.  More than half the crowd left during the 4th quarter we were loosing so bad.  Simon didn’t like the game much at all.  Too loud for him.  He fussed through most of the game, and as soon as we exited the stadium and it was quieter, he got so happy.
Vince and I covering the babies ears.
 Go Hoosiers!
 Girls and babies
We also got to meet Clara for the first time, and see Charlie as a big kid.  I love that I get to see my best college friends at least once a year.  These guys are the best.